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Academy's Closure Exposes Tory's Flawed Plan To Privatise Education

Wednesday, January 11, 2017



The enforced closure of Baverstock Academy will mean children have to move schools and will leave hard working staff with no jobs, union says.

The closure of a former top school which became a failed academy exposes the Tories' deeply flawed plan to privatise education, GMB says.

Baverstock Academy, in Birmingham, was a well-regarded school before being taken over by the Leap Academy Trust in 2013.

Since then it has lurched from crisis to disaster, being placed in special measures due to financial difficulty in 2014.

Now, despite a passionate campaign from GMB, teachers, pupils and parents, it looks set to close [1].

The decision forces hundreds of children to move schools and leaves dozens of staff starting 2017 by losing their jobs.

Gillian Ogilvie, GMB Organiser, said:

“A really good school was given academy status and standards have then plummeted so dramatically it is now being forced to close.

“This is a shocking indictment of the Tory’s failed experiment into academies.

“A phenomenal amount of public money has disappeared into Baverstock’s coffers – and no one knows where.

“This is exactly why schools should remain under local Government control – where there is transparency in finances, as well as standards and the syllabus.

“As it is, pupils will now have to leave their much-loved school and our members will be looking for new jobs.”


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